The organization of social interaction

 

Grammar in interaction

 

Multimodality and multisensoriality

 

Workplace and institutional settings

 

Video recordings and multimodal transcripts

 

Conventions for transcribing multimodality

Recent projects as Principal investigator:

 

From multimodality to multisensoriality:  Language, Body, and Sensoriality in Social Interaction (intSenses) — 2018-2022 (SNF)

This project, generously founded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, aims at exploring issues in language and the body beyond classical multimodal analysis, by tackling the question of how sensory practices are organized in social interaction. The challenge is to expand current work on multimodality within the new field of multisensoriality, paving the way for new empirical and conceptual reflections about the intersubjectivity of sensations. More specifically the project investigates practices of tasting, touching and smelling in a diversity of food activities.

Multimodality: Reconsidering language and action through embodiment — 2015-2018 (FiDiPro)

This project, generously founded by the Academy of Finland and hosted by the University of Helsinki, was aiming at exploring new frontiers in multimodal conversation analysis. It worked on an approach of multimodality that includes the entire body (from gesture to walking, from gaze to body postures, from movements in space to embodied actions with tools and objects) and that elaborates on a non-logocentric conception of language. The empirical part of the project focused on the establishment and study of a large comparative video corpus of shop encounters in 12 European languages.

Speaking in public: Social interactions within large groups. Contributions from a conversation analytic multimodal perspective — 2013-2017 (SNF)

This SNF project was aiming at providing new insights into participation in social interactions within larger groups of persons. Although conversation analysis has insisted on the importance of multi-party interactions, the organization of larger groups of participants – including dozens and even hundreds of people – remains understudied. This project tackled this issue and showed the importance of multimodal resources in the organization of turn-taking and other interactional practices in larger groups, and the way this revisits the notion of participation, both in an interactional sense and in a political sense. Empirically, the project focused on a video-recorded corpus of political grassroots meetings, within a participatory democracy urban planning program, which has been systematically documented across 8 years.